Alumni Success: First Look, 2020 Fall Art College Graduates

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The Fall 2020 class, like graduates from our spring and summer semester, have seen more obstacles than the average college graduating class. This group of Nossi College of Art graduates made us especially proud by enduring the setbacks, moving forward, and striving for success. View our creative graduates from the fall 2020 semester, their specialty, and how to connect with them online!

Special Shout Outs From Our Fall Semester!

– Jerrica Shehane and Lindsay Appleton earned the Maggie Thompson Phipps Photography Scholarship!
Most Creative Award goes to two seniors: Caitlin Alberts (Commercial Illustration) and DeeAnn Bishop (Photography)
Alpha Beta Kappa honored 10 graduates in 2019/2020. ABK students become members of The National Honor Society for America’s Postsecondary Schools, Institutes, Colleges, and Universities.
– Special thanks to Natalie Tyree and Andy Whiskey for joining us in our NEW Career Services series, State of the Arts. RSVP for January 2021 today.
Talent Discovery winners are graduating seniors whose talent is considered Best of the Best in our Art College. Award winners also receive a monetary bonus for this award. Congrats to Dana Pierce for winning this top award including a cash prize!

As we look forward, we wanted to highlight each amazing graduate and look at their creative specialty, what they are currently up to, and ways to digitally connect.

Nossi College 2020 Fall Graduates

Leenay Barnes | Photography

Specialty: Portrait Photography including Engagements, Families, and Seniors
Leenay’s Portfolio Site
Currently: Leenay runs Leenay Barnes Photography and is currently accepting freelance and full-time work.
Connect: Instagram | Facebook
Special Note: Leenay Barnes not only took over the Academic student leadership group, Kappa Pi, as president this summer and fall. She also helped coordinate our Diversity and Inclusion forum with fellow students and faculty members this year. Thanks for all your hard work to help you and your peers succeed.


DeeAnn Bishop | Photography

Specialty: Food and Beverage Photography
DeeAnn’s Portfolio Site
Currently: DeeAnn runs Buzzing Impressions, a photography business. She is currently looking for clients or a full-time photography gig.
Connect: Facebook | Instagram
Note: DeeAnn was a student that her peers could look to for help in studio because she is great at commercial photography and studio lighting. She joined NossiMICs (music industry club) to learn more about Nashville’s Music, Sports, and Entertainment industries.


Angela Thomas | Photography

Angela’s Portfolio Site
Currently: She created Angela Thomas Photography and is currently accepting new clients.
Connect: Facebook | Instagram


Dana Pierce | Graphic Design


Specialty: Branding and publication design
Dana’s Portfolio Site
Currently: Looking to join an ad agency or work in publishing
Connect: Facebook | LinkedIn
Note: Dana Pierce’s talent earned her the Talent Discovery Award this fall. The Talent Discovery award is the highest award a graduating senior can receive and comes with a cash prize for all their hard work. CONGRATS, Dana!


Caitlin Alberts | Commercial Illustration

Specialty: Video game illustrations, book illustrations, custom illustrations
Caitlin’s Portfolio Site
Currently: Looking for a full time position in gaming or book illustrations. Caitlin is currently accepting commissioned work.
Connect: Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram
Note: During her final semester before graduating, Caitlin landed two big awards from Nossi College – Most Creative (awarded to only graduating seniors) and Academic All-Star, meaning she is the top academic graduate in our Commercial Illustration program. CONGRATS, Caitlin!


Skylar (Sky) Leeson | Graphic Design

Specialty: Motion Graphics and branding
Sky’s Portfolio Site
Currently: He is running Skylar Leeson Graphics and is accepting new clients.
Connect: Facebook
Note: Sky Leeson earned the Academic All Star award from Nossi College of Art because Sky graduated at the top of his class in the Graphic Design program. CONGRATS, Sky!


Gregory Wilson | Graphic Design

Specialty: Social Media Management and Content Creation
Greg’s Portfolio Website
Currently: Looking to join a company full time in content creation or social media
Connect: Instagram


Beka Gilbreath | Commercial Illustration


Specialty: Book illustrations, album covers, and custom illustration needs
Beka’s Portfolio Site
Currently: Beka is currently accepting custom commissions for posters, books, album covers, musician art, and other custom graphic or illustation needs
Connect: Facebook | Instagram


Kai Morris | Commercial Illustration

Specialty: Comic and concept art
Kai’s Portfolio Site
Currently: Kai is looking to continue their education in animation and wants to find a job in comics, sequential, or animation studio.

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